Nobel Laureate and Former Faculty Member Joseph H. Taylor to Deliver Sternheim Lecture

Joseph H. Taylor
Joseph H. Taylor

AMHERST, Mass. – Nobel laureate and former University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty member Joseph H. Taylor will deliver the third annual Helen and Morton Sternheim Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. in 20 Hasbrouck Hall.

Taylor is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics, emeritus, at Princeton University.

His talk “From Einstein’s Theory to Gravity’s Chirp” is intended for a broad audience with no previous background in the subject.

He will describe the astronomical discoveries made while he was a faculty member in the UMass Amherst department of physics and astronomy that provided some of the first concrete evidence for waves in spacetime as predicted by Einstein, and the path from these discoveries to the direct detection of gravitational waves last year.